Aldi is testing its first UK click-and-collect services, the supermarket chain confirms today.
The supermarket is currently piloting the service for Aldi colleagues from a store in the Midlands and plans to expand it to customers in the coming weeks.
During the current trial, Aldi colleagues will be able to choose from a full range of grocery products online and then drive to their local store where they can have their groceries delivered to their car contactlessly by shopping colleagues, in accordance with social distance rules.
If it continues to be successful, the trial will expand to customers and other stores across the country in the near future.
Aldi is already testing a fast delivery service in stores in the East Midlands, London, Cambridge and Greater Manchester in collaboration with Deliveroo.
The Deliveroo service currently allows customers in selected stores to order from a range of over 300 Aldi products and have them delivered to their door in just 30 minutes.
Earlier this year, Aldi offered online food packages to help vulnerable and self-isolating customers. The packages contained essential products, including canned soup, rice and pasta, and were delivered by courier to customers across the UK.
During the click-and-collect trial, orders are collected and packed by Aldi colleagues, ready to be picked up by the customer.
Customers are offered time slots to arrive at special click-and-collect points in parking garages where they can pick up their groceries.
Giles Hurley, Chief Executive Officer, Aldi UK and Ireland, said: “We know that more and more people want access to the high quality, affordable food they know they can get from Aldi.
“This is yet another way we innovate to ensure that we best serve our existing customers and make Aldi’s great products and unbeatable prices available to even more people.”